Glenfiddich ‘IPA Experiment’ (43%, OB, 2016)
This funny baby’s finished in casks that had been previously treated
with bespoke IPA (India Pale Ale beer). Some say it’s just a legal way
of aromatizing your whisky (since you can’t add anything to your whisky,
you add it to some regular barrels and then fill them with your
whisky), but of course we’re in front of a much more elaborate concept
today. Aren’t we? Colour: pale gold. Nose: noses like the 12. The 12 is a
good whisky. Overripe apples, barley, vanilla, sponge cake, and beer.
IPA? Perhaps… Mouth: it’s got some oomph, some pepper, some ginger, some
vanilla, more ginger, and indeed a beer-like side. But many young malt
whiskies have beer-like sides. Whether you could call this baby a hoppy
malt remains to be seen, and if it’s hop, it’s rather grassy hop, we’re
far from, say fruity Californian IPAs. Finish: medium, a little bitter,
but that’s quite pleasant. Bitter grapefruit. Very dry/sour aftertaste.
Comments: I had thought it would be much fruitier. What’s good is that
this new ‘experiment’ isn’t too expensive, around £45. The bottle is
superb. SGP:361 - 78 points.